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Love Is Like A Box of Chocolates #SweetRomance #Anthology @CamdenParkPress #NewRelease


Published by Camden Park Press
Edited by Lyn Worthen

Includes “Catch Me” by Adele Downs

Here’s a little about the collection:

We love sweet romance stories like we love truffles and cordials, toffees and caramels – and when they’re bathed in a decadent coating of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re satisfying, delicious, and we can’t stop with just one. LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES presents sixteen stories that capture both the sweetness and variety of a box of chocolates. Ranging from new loves to rekindled attraction, these stories are filled with sweet meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And all wound through with ribbons of chocolate.

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland, Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

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Cover Reveal! Love Is Like A Box of Chocolates-Anthology Coming 2/14/2020 #CoverReveal #RomanceBooks #Romance @CamdenParkPress


LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES is a collection of deliciously sweet contemporary romances – stories filled with meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And chocolate! “Catch Me” by Adele Downs included in the collection.

Release: Feb 14, 2020
Pre-order links: coming soon!

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Barbara White Daille-Chocolate Fudge Cookie Recipe

Mmmm. Chocolate! Please welcome my guest Barbara White Daille who stopped by to share one of her favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I love chocolate and can’t wait to try this. Maybe Barbara’s chocolate fudge cookies will become your faves too.



Thanks to Adele for inviting me to chat!

Today, I’m sharing an oh-so-easy cookie recipe with you.

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and probably the only time I do much baking. I have a few recipes for cakes I make only at Christmastime, and I especially love baking cookies. These are a few of the holiday cookie cutters I use the most.

BWDcookie cutters

But because the holidays are so busy, there are times my plans and schedules fall apart, crumbling like an overbaked cookie. At those times, I pull out an old standby recipe like this one, which is ridiculously easy to make and so perfectly yummy when you need a taste of something chocolate.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

1 package of Devil’s Food cake mix
½ cup cooking oil
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-mixed.

Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie tests done with toothpick.

Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

BWDcookie rack

And there you have it! Pour a cup of milk or your favorite hot beverage, and you’ll be good to go. If you make the cookies, I’d love to know how you like them. And feel free to share a holiday recipe of your own below.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip from my brand-new release that happens to mention Christmas cookies. : )

BWDThe Lawman's Christmas Proposal

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal


“Jed is out by the honeymoon cabins, I think,” Paz told them. “Tina wanted to show him something the workmen had done.”

Sagging in relief, Andi rested one hip against the kitchen table. With her son’s short legs, the walk back to the hotel had seemed to last forever, especially with Mitch by her side. Now, thanks to Paz, she could send Mitch off on his own.

“Looks like you’re busy in here,” he said.

Paz nodded. Cooling racks filled with cakes and cookies had taken over almost every flat surface. The kitchen smelled of cinnamon and cloves. “It’s never too early to start my Christmas baking.”

“Cookie, Paz,” Trey demanded.

“What do you say?” Andi prompted him.


Smiling, Paz took a cookie from one of the racks.

“Let’s go track down Jed,” Mitch said.

Andi frowned. “You can do that on your own. I’ll stay here with Trey.”

“I think I’ve forgotten how to get to the cabins.”

She glanced at him, then away again. After what he had said about cops, she didn’t know which was worse from his perspective, locking gazes with him or refusing to look his way at all. She knew what was better for her. Looking. Staring. Getting her fill.

Better for her, but much too risky.

“That’s fine, Andi,” Paz said. “You leave Trey with me and go right along with Mitch.”

“Great,” he said, halfway across the room without waiting for her answer.

Grimly, she followed him out to the porch and down the steps. He took his time, favoring his bad leg. Despite her irritation with him, she had to bite her lip to keep from asking how much he hurt.

She was so wrapped up in concern for him, she hadn’t realized he’d reached the bottom step. He turned back, catching her off guard. Instinctively, she bit down harder, then winced from her own pain.

“It is that bad?” he asked. “Seeing how I hobble down steps like a two-year-old who’s just learned to walk?”

“You handled those steps quite a bit better than my two-year-old does,” she said matter-of-factly. Still, knowing how he must feel made her eyes mist.

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Happy holidays to everyone!

About the Author:

BWDBarbara White Daille

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.

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Easy, Yummy Strawberry Chocolate Tequila Cocktail Recipe for Your Valentine

Perfect for Valentine’s Day or Girls Night In. Looks elegant and is easy to make. (Especially if we practice and sip, practice and sip, practice and sip beforehand!)



An adult beverage for those over age 21.

You’ll Need:

Serves 4

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
3 parts chocolate milk
Chocolate covered strawberry for garnish

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza® Blue Silver and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sauza Tequila. Posted with permission.

Chocolate Peppermint Margarita Recipe. Mmm!


Chocolate Peppermint Margarita: Posted with permission from Sauza Tequila.

Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious adult holiday beverage. The candy canes add a festive touch.

Ingredients: Serves 4

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*

1 part Peppermint Schnapps

1 ½ cups milk

4 tbsp. hot chocolate powder

2 candy canes

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into your most festive glasses and garnish with a candy cane. Enjoy!

Happy holidays!


Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Chaddsford Winery

OMG, I had no idea wine tasted great with chocolate! All my life I thought wine was meant for salty foods like cheese and crackers or as a delicious beverage with dinner. Boy, was I missing out! I need a subscription to Wine Spectator.

I took a day off from writing to celebrate the completion of another manuscript (Yay!) and visited the Chaddsford Winery in Chadds Ford, PA. Hubby and I did something completely new and fun with the winery’s “Wine and Chocolate Tasting” event. It’s not every day we give ourselves permission to drink seven kinds of wine, each paired with a specific piece of chocolate to complement the flavors, so on this day we were all in!



Who knew a light, crisp white wine paired well with dark chocolate butter creams; that sweet and spicy apple wine tasted great with milk chocolate maple creams; or a semi-sweet red needed milk chocolate caramel? Mmmm.

I’d like to know whose job it is to sip wine and nibble chocolate and pair them for wine tasting events. Sign me up for that job, please!


My favorite wines were the chilled Proprietors Reserve White (light, crisp, and clean. Perfect for sipping while cooking dinner) and the Spiced Apple, served warm. We bought bottles of  both and will serve the Spiced Apple at our Thanksgiving table. I think it will be the best wine we’ve ever offered our holiday guests.



We enjoyed our afternoon wine tasting event and will definitely visit again.

I love my home state of Pennsylvania. There’s so much to see and do here!

Chocolate Vanilla Margarita Sips Recipe

Chocolate Vanilla Margarita Sips


(Posted with permission from Sauza® Tequila.)

Give this delicious recipe a try during the holidays!

Serves 12

12 parts of Sauza® Blue Tequila 9 parts of Chocolate Liquor 6 parts of Chocolate Sauce or Syrup 2 cups ice

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream: 1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream 2 tbsp. Powdered Sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract

If you want to get fancy: Chocolate block (for shaving on top)

To Make:

Beat together the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Meanwhile, prepare your mini cordial or shot glasses by dipping the lip in 1 tbsp. of chocolate sauce. Combine tequila, chocolate liquor, chocolate sauce and ice in a shaker filled with ice. To serve these mini-sips, spoon 1 tablespoon whipped cream into each glass. Top with 2 parts of chilled chocolate-tequila. Serve immediately and toast to your good health! Salud!

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